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Iain R Spink with his Arbroath Smokies © James Fraser Photography
Arbroath Smokies

See expert Iain R. Spink prepare Arbroath Smokies on beautiful Auchmithie beach, where the delicacy originated many years ago

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Embrace summer with these recipes - perfect for your picnic basket! ››

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  • Arbroath Smokies
    Arbroath Smokies
  • A stall at Blairgowrie community farmers' market
    Blairgowrie farmers' market
  • Cheeses at St Andrew's Farmhouse Cheese Company
    St Andrew's Farmhouse Cheese Company
  • A dish of haggis, neeps and tatties at the Failford Inn, South Ayrshire
    A dish of haggis, neeps and tatties at the Failford Inn, South Ayrshire
  • Rack of Scottish Borders' lamb
    Rack of Scottish Borders' lamb

Although the country's national dish, haggis, is one of the best known traditional Scottish foods, there are many more sumptuous offerings and local flavours to enjoy.

From the sea

Scotland is well-known for its wonderful fish and seafood and there are many places where you can watch the day's catch being brought in from the boats. Be sure to try some of the country's favourite fish dishes including Cullen Skink, Finnan Haddie and, of course, traditional fish and chips.

One of the country's most distinctive fish dishes is Arbroath Smokies. They are created by smoke-curing haddock over hot oak chips which gives the fish a strong flavour and rich, golden colour. Arbroath in Angus is the only place that the delicacy is produced, and only haddock smoked within five miles of the town can be called a genuine Smokie.

From the land

Not only that, but Scotland is also known for the quality of its beef, lamb and pork. The rich flavour of the Aberdeen Angus breed of cattle, or the unique taste of North Ronaldsay lamb, which feed almost entirely on seaweed, are just two of the examples of Scotland's world-famous produce. Don't miss out on seasonal game too, including wild venison and pheasant.

Sweet treats

Enjoy traditional sweet treats from around the country such as one of Scotland's oldest and most famed recipes - the Selkirk Bannock. The fruit cake is said to have first been made by Robbie Douglas who opened his shop in the Scottish Borders in 1859. Queen Victoria is famously said to have refused all else with her tea apart from a slice of bannock when she visited Sir Walter Scott’s granddaughter in Abbotsford.

If you have a really sweet tooth, you will love Scotland’s array of sugary treats. Sample tasty Scottish tablet, similar to fudge but with a harder, grainy texture, or the Borders’ Moffat Toffee which are in fact hard boiled sweets with a lemon-flavoured centre.

There are also plenty unique cheeses and dairy produce to taste, from Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire & Arran, to Orkney and beyond.

Scotch whisky is reputed the world over and you can find it used in recipes throughout the country. A particularly indulgent example is the dessert, Cranachan, which is often enjoyed at Scottish banquets, It is made from a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey, fresh raspberries and topped with toasted oats - a real guilty pleasure.

Buy local

Sample delicious local produce at restaurants and eateries across the country, or pick up your own ingredients to recreate these dishes yourself at Scotland's many farmers' markets and specialist food shops.

Browse the listings to discover more local produce and producers across Scotland.

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  1. Valvona & Crolla

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Specialist Italian produce as well as an extensive range of cheese, port, wine.

  2. The Winking Owl

    Type

    Bar and Pub Food

    Gradings

    Aviemore

    Welcome to The Winking Owl

  3. Orangefield Cafe

    Type

    Cafes & Tearooms

    Gradings

    Greenock

    Cafe & ice cream shop

  4. Petrie Fine Foods

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Artisan farmhouse based producer specialising in vegetarian and gluten free food and Christmas puddings

  5. Gradings

    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    Welcome to T.B.Watson Ltd - a specialist Whisky and Wine Merchant with over 100 years of retail experience.

  6. Stornoway Farmers Market

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Stornoway

    Visit the Stornoway Farmers Market for locally grown fresh produce.

  7. Cambus O'May Cheese Company Limited

    Type

    Cheese & Dairy Supplier

    Gradings

    Ballater

    The Cambus O'May Cheese company is an artisan producer of quality cheese.

  8. Applecross Smokehouse

    Type

    Smokeries & Smokehouses

    Gradings

    Applecross

    Welcome to Applecross Smokehouse - producers of gourmet smoked fish, shellfish and cheeses.

  9. Eat walk Edinburgh

    Type

    Food & Drink Visitor Attraction

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Eat walk Edinburgh run food walking tours in the Old and New Towns of the City. Visiting up to six locations tasting food and drink while hearing about the rich history of Edinburgh from their guide as they walk between premises

  10. St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Pittenweem

    Anster' cheese is hand-made on the farm - to a traditional recipe. Visit St Andrews Farmers Cheese Company and watch the cheese-making in process.

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